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First Test: 2011 Toyota Matrix S AWD


The Toyota Matrix was launched in 2003 as a hatchback version of the Corolla, the perennial small-car-sales all-star. Based on the same platform, it was aimed at younger buyers with active lifestyles that required more space than the sedan could provide, but for one reason or another wouldn't step up to a larger car or SUV. To this day, Toyota still rolls TOYOTA MATRIX sales volume in with the TOYOTA COROLLA although the small hatch has its own styling and character.

 Aesthetically, the TOYOTA MATRIX has very little TOYOTA COROLLA left in its wedge-shape profile and tall, narrow stance. In 2008 the car was re-skinned, adding a larger chunky C-pillar, and it was refreshed again for 2011. The 2009 re-skin removed some of the frumpy wagon-esque look, but less glass and more metal hinders rear visibility. For 2011, Toyota made some slight exterior changes but mostly went for inner beauty through subtle interior changes.

 While the TOYOTA MATRIX and similar offerings like the Suzuki Sx4 are sometimes billed as crossover vehicles, it can be argued that even the all-wheel-drive versions are simply hatchbacks with a high roofline. Either way, with rear seats folded down the TOYOTA MATRIX has enough space to swallow all but the biggest flat-screens. If you require even more length, the front passenger Seat folds flat, making space for boards belonging to surf, snow, or even ironing enthusiasts.

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